HONEST Irvine Meadow boss Brian McGinty admitted his team were lucky to end the season with a draw at home to Beith.

But he insisted his team deserved to conclude the season on a positive note, after a late wonder goal from Andy McLaughlin gave them a 2-2 draw against the Premier Division champions.

He said: “We deserved nothing out of the game but I’m delighted for that group of players as they didn’t deserve to finish the season on a defeat.

“You can’t fault these guys - it’s hard to be over-critical. The way we finished the season just typifies us for a season and a half, we just don’t give up and refuse to get beat. Andy McLaughlin has that bit of quality. I’m delighted for the players. Every boy has contributed in some shape or form. In terms of spirit and attitude no-one has what we have got.

“Next season we will aim to improve by finish higher up the league and going further in the Scottish Cup and West of Scotland Cup. Most guys have signed up for next season.

“This has been a great experience and the club is back to the league it should be in.”

Irvine Vics will be looking to boost their survival hopes with a good showing away to Kello Rovers on Saturday.

Assistant boss Mark McCann said: “It’s a massive game and we must aim for three points. We were unlucky to take nothing against Benburb.”

Kilwinning Rangers boss Chris Strain was heartened with his team’s showing as they beat Beith 3-0 away last Wednesday.He said “That was one of our best games in a while, we played really well and deserved the win. We are preparing for our last game at home to Auchinleck Talbot next Wednesday.

“They’re going for the league but don’t want them winning on our patch so we are looking to take three points. It’s a big occasion as it’s the last game at Abbey Park.”